Eagles Feast on Franklin
Lexington feasted on Franklin 40-21 Friday. The Lions were one of the teams predicted to be a playoff contender in District 12AA-II. Lexington was ahead 27-7 at halftime and scored two more TDs in the third period for a comfortable 40-7 lead. Franklin added two scores in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
Lexington started the game off with a deep pass from Kogan Garrett to Jason Washington for 22-yards. This was after Washington had returned a Franklin punt 15-yards. After two Xavier Ward rushes, Garret weaved his way into the end zone from nine-yards out. The PAT kick was wide right leaving Lexington’s lead at 6-0.
After a line-shot kick off hit a Franklin front line blocker and was recovered by the Lions, Franklin ran a short sweep off tackle 51- yards for a score. The PAT kick was good to put the Lions in the lead 7-6. The sweep caught Lexington in a blitz to the right when the play went to the defensive left. Five yards from the line of scrimmage the Lion runner was alone.
Lexington answered in dramatic fashion. A 46-yard pass from Garrett to the exciting Josh Murray put Lexington in good shape at the Franklin 10-yard line. Two rushes from the X-factor, the last for three yards put the second score on the board for the Eagles. The try for two was stopped short leaving the score at 12-7 Lexington.
Lexington scored two more times in the second quarter. The first was a 30-yard pass to Murray as Lexington put some space between them and Franklin. Ward ran the PAT to move the score to 20-7. After fumbling on a fourth and one, the Eagles stopped Franklin cold. Garrett passed to Murray for 33, rushed for five, and Washington moved the ball seven-yards closer to the goal. Garrett then found Ward on a circle route out of the backfield for the final 14-yards. Antonio Martinez toed the PAT for a 27-7 halftime score.
Lexington deferred until the second half after winning the coin toss. Franklin kicked off to Washington who returned the ball 40-yards to the Franklin 40. After a penalty moved the ball back to the 50-yard line, the Eagles moved to score. The big play was a 41- yard pass play to Chace Sherrill. Garrett then traversed the final nine-yards for the score. The PAT kick was blocked leaving the score 33-7 Lexington.
The final Eagle score of the night was a beauty. Garrett threw a long pass down the right hash marks to Washington. Washington pulled the ball in full stride and continued to complete the 60-yard play. Martinez toed the PAT for the 40th Lexington point.
Franklin had eschewed the pass until the fourth quarter. After about 50 running plays, the Lions hit a pass play to the tight end. Chance Sherrill ran him down after a 65-yard gain, but the Lions were unable to score. The Lions ran the ball four straight plays before turning the ball over on downs. Ward fumbled on Lexington’s first play and Franklin recovered. Four plays later Lexington had the ball again, because Franklin could not move the ball the necessary nineyards for the score against the mighty Eagle D.
Franklin was able to score after a Lexington punt/run play failed. The Lions moved into the end zone to score with 3:49 left in the game. An onside kick followed with Franklin recovering. The second pass of the night moved the ball 25-yards closer to the Eagle goal. Franklin then scored on a 10-yard run. Both PAT kicks were good to make the final score 40- 21.
The hard-hitting Lexington defense was led by the Sherrill twins, Anthony Robbins, Donn Miller, Josh Murray, Will Holcomb, Ray Gardner, Avahn Crumb, and Tyler Moerbe. This unit held the formidable Franklin running game in check all night long. Crumb picked up both Franklin fumbles that were caused by the hard hitting defense.
According to the coaches film review, Chance Sherrill was in on 28 tackles. Twin Chace was in on 21 stops, with Murray in on 15 tackles. Robbins contributed in 13 tackles and Moerbe was in on 12 tackles. The coaches praised defensive tackles Robbins, Miller, Holcomb, and Gardner for staying low against the Franklin blockers. The results were roadblocks the runners had to go around allowing the pursuit to make the plays.